October 21, 2016
Fall is tailgate time and that means football fans are flocking to stadium parking lots across the country. They’re armed with barbeques, beverages and looking to score bragging rights for the best chili recipe in town.
Your tailgate “spread” can be as important as the game itself. Versatility is key. A successful tailgate requires plenty of people, the right food and party essentials. If you want to impress, you’re going to need the right vehicle.
Here’s a look at some of the Most Valuable Players (MVPs) in the FCA US LLC vehicle lineup.
Drive a minivan to a tailgate party? You’d better believe it. Not only can you transport your own starting lineup, there’s plenty of storage for tailgating supplies.
The redesigned industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system with all-new Stow ‘n Go Assist and Easy Tilt comes standard in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The seats all fold into the Stow ‘n Go compartments giving you plenty of room to set up your spread.
Packing up for the big game is easier than ever with segment-first handsfree sliding doors and liftgate that open with the wave of a foot.
You’ll also have a sense of security as you make your way to a favorite tailgate location, thanks to more than 100 standard and available safety and security features, including 360-degree Surround View camera, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold and Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
Once you arrive at the game, you may not want to get out of the vehicle. The minivan is the most technologically equipped of its kind with available all-new Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment, 8.4-inch touchscreen display and premium audio systems.
Tailgate MVP: Where the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica really scores as a top tailgating vehicle is with its Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum. Cleaning up after the big game has never been easier.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Stow 'n Vac
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The PacifiKids catch Jennie Garth on set and teach her a thing or two about the Chrysler Pacifica. She returns the favor with some quick tips for tidying up.
Not only does a Ram Truck come equipped with a tailgate in the back, its RamBox cargo management system, hidden bins and a flat-load floor all offer unique solutions for storage. There is also a divider to keep cargo separated.
Tailgate MVP: The Rambox, the creative side bins allow tailgaters to load up the RamBox with ice and beverages. Each RamBox can hold up to 140* cans. Cleanup is easy. The cargo bins feature two removable drain plugs to allow water to drain. *Please enjoy the game, but don’t drink and drive.
Jeep Vehicle Lineup
Whether you tackle the tailgate party in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Compass, Patriot, Renegade or Wrangler, the legendary Jeep capability lets you find your own way up, down, through or around almost anything.
Tailgate MVP: With the 2017 Jeep Wrangler / Wrangler Unlimited, there’s no need to rush into the stadium when you can listen to the game on the optional Premium Alpine Audio Package which includes nine Alpine speakers, a subwoofer and a 552-watt amplifier.
Dodge Durango and Journey
The uncompromised utility in the Dodge Durango, makes getting to the game comfortable and tailgating organized. The Durango’s available three-row seating offers spaciousness and flexibility with 85 cubic feet of cargo capacity. With standard five-passenger seating, optional seven-passenger seating (late availability) and second-row captain’s chairs available on all models, the seats in the 2017 Dodge Durango can be converted into as many as 50 different configurations.
Tailgate MVP: For even more utility, both the second- and third-row seats fold to provide a flat load floor. A switch in the instrument panel remotely lowers third-row headrests when not in use.
The Dodge Journey is the only crossover in the segment to offer the choice of five- or seven-passenger seating. With standard fold-flat rear seats, second-row in-floor storage and optional front-passenger Flip ‘n Stow in-seat storage, the Journey is a true utility player.
Tailgate MVP: All seats lay down flat except for the driver’s seat.
The 2016 Fiat 500X delivers classic Italian style with additional space and utility, featuring comfortable seating for five and clever storage with its adjustable cargo floor.
Tailgate MVP: The Fiat 500X features an A/C vent inside the glove box to keep a beverage or two chilled.
Ram Promaster City
If you need even more versatility, the Ram Promaster City offers 131.7 cubic feet of cargo volume and measures 60.4 inches wide and 87.2 inches long, making it the perfect tailgating machine, capable of carrying enough food to cater an entire parking lot!
Tailgate MVP: That call goes to the hard-core tailgater.
Fantasy Football Fan?
Uconnect Access services available on properly equipped vehicles will connect owners to Yelp Search, voice texting, and the ability to purchase a Wi-Fi hotspot for game day, a week or a month, letting you check on your Fantasy League in real time.
The bottom line is when it comes to tailgating, possession of the right FCA US vehicle can help you be the MVP when hosting your very own parking lot party. Please tailgate responsibly.